Turf's up - Page 3

Oakland MC Beeda Weeda is smokin'

Beeda's a real serious artist and student of rap in general, and I want Clear Label to be a forum for that kind of artist."
In the months since signing with Clear Label and preparing for Turfology to drop, Beeda has busily maintained his buzz on the mixtape circuit. "Tajai gives us the avenues, but as far as promoting, we do that on our own. Since I'm a new artist, we did The Orientation, had DJ Backside mixing it. That had about 12 songs on there and two originals. The game out here is so saturated. I was, like, 'Let's give them away.' So we started passing ’em out in different cities; next thing you know, my name started ringing."
At the end of May, Beeda dropped a second mixtape, Homework, mixed by the Demolition Men and consisting of PTB originals. A classic in its own right, Homework, with its organ-driven title track by Jamon Dru, is still banging all over Oakland, unlikely to be silenced even by Turfology’s release.
As we wrap our discussion, the PTB house in the Dubs is virtually empty, prior to being sold. The organization is getting too big to stay in the hood, and the camp is shopping for an industrial space.
"I love this place," Beeda says. "When our studio was outside the hood for a while, I used to find myself driving out for no reason. I just missed it." Clearly, the MC is connected to his community, and even if PTB has to relocate, it's clear that he and his crew have no intention of leaving it behind. SFBG

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